UEFA Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain vs Liverpool preview


It's do or die time in UEFA Champions League Group C, where all four teams have a solid chance of qualifying with two matches left. Group leaders Liverpool are looking to make a return to winning ways, but they will have a very difficult match on Wednesday as they face French champions Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes. The Reds won the reverse fixture 3-2 in September, with goals from Daniel Sturridge, James Milner and Roberto Firmino. That was the second consecutive win for Liverpool against PSG, after the 2-0 success that they recorded back in 1997 in the Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals. However, PSG had won the first leg 3-0 back then, so it was them who advanced to the final.

Paris Saint-Germain are in a very difficult situation in Group C, they will be eliminated with a match to spare if they lose Wednesday's game and Napoli defeat Crvena Zvezda in the other game of the evening. If they win against Liverpool, then they would have to get a result at Crvena Zvezda in the final match, and that might not be easy at all. PSG drew the two matches they played against Napoli in the Champions League, while in Ligue 1 they continue their march with 14 wins out of 14 matches so far. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are injury doubts ahead of Wednesday's match, but Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa are available again.

Liverpool seemed on track to secure qualification with ease after having won two of the first three matches in this group, but they got stunned by Crvena Zvezda last time out and made the situation in this group impossible to predict. The Reds are still at the top of the group table, but they are tied on 6 points with Napoli, while Paris Saint-Germain are just one point behind. The Reds can't afford to lose Wednesday's match, because they will face a strong Napoli in the final game. Last weekend Liverpool grabbed a fine 3-0 victory at Watford in the Premier League. Joe Gomez did not play in that match due to a slight injury, but he should recover in time for Wednesday's clash.

Probable line-ups:

PSG: Buffon - Marquinhos, T. Silva, Kimpembe - Meunier, Verratti, Rabiot, Bernat - Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar

Liverpool: Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson - Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum - Salah, Firmino, Mane

My prediction: 2-2 draw, it should be a spectacular match, with both teams pushing for victory.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

PSG win - 2.10
Draw - 4.00
Liverpool win - 3.30

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    27/11/18

    Yes this has been the most intriguing group from all in the CL and it's about for to see whether the loss in Belgrade could cost dearly to Liverpool.
    PSG and Napoli both have a game against Red Star which supposedly means a likely wins for them (not guaranteed of course) but that put them in an advantage position compared to Liverpool so the Reds would needs to get at least a point in this one otherwise their chances of qualification getting really slim.

    I 'd say 1-1.

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